Nepali nationals who wish to extend their Temporary Protected Status (TPS) before the country’s designation officially ends next year should re-register with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) before July 23, 2018. Beneficiaries who re-register before the deadline hold the status through the TPS termination date of June 24, 2019.
With the end of the Nepali TPS designation, nationals of the country who wish to remain in the United States beyond the termination date should seek an alternative immigration status. For those individuals who benefited from TPS status, other protections for eligible nationals remain available.
“To be granted any other immigration benefit you must still meet all the eligibility requirements for that particular benefit,” according to USCIS information. “An application for TPS does not affect an application for asylum or any other immigration benefit. Denial of an application for asylum or any other immigration benefit also does not affect your ability to apply for TPS, although the grounds of denial of that other application may also lead to denial of TPS if relevant to the TPS eligibility requirements.”
TPS re-registration entails filing Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status. Along with this, beneficiaries seeking work permissions– employment authorization documents (EADs)– submit Form I-765, Employment Authorization with the TPS form or at a later date.
While new EADs issued with re-registrations carry an expiration date of June 24, 2019, current cards set to expire on June 24 receive an automatic 180-day extension to avoid lapses in the permission due to “timeframes involved with processing TPS re-registration applications,” according to a USCIS release. With this consideration, current EADs remain valid through December 21.
Hit with an earthquake and subsequent aftershocks beginning in April 2015, conditions in Nepal leading to the TPS designation for the South Asian country involved a disaster-related assessment. In April, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen announced her determination that substantial improvements makes the TPS designation unnecessary and that “Nepal can now adequately manage the return of its nationals.” Additionally, according to a statement release on Nielsen’s decision, “Nepal has made substantial progress in post-earthquake recovery and reconstruction.”